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Man Charged In Race-Based Tire Slashing

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By Meymo Lyons

Montgomery County police say they have arrested a man they believe has been involved in a series of tire-slashings that appear to target Hispanic residents. 52-year-old Steven Ray Armstrong of Silver Spring, is accused of vandalizing the cars of 21 different people.

Police say the majority of the victims were Hispanic. One victim, a 36-year-old man, told police his vehicle had been vandalized 20 times since 2006.

Armstrong was charged with malicious destruction of property and race/religious harassment. He has been released on a $3,500 bond.

Police say a witness saw the suspect puncturing the tires of a neighbor's vehicle in late August. Police say they found evidence in the suspect's home relating to the vandalism.

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